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Day 40: BP 'Top Kill' Still Not Stopping Flow [Obama On Vacation]
MSNBC ^ | May 29, 2010

Posted on 05/29/2010 12:57:00 PM PDT by Steelfish

Day 40: BP 'Top Kill' Still Not Stopping Flow

Outside expert: Pressure from well is stronger than heavy mud

ROBERT, La. - BP said Saturday that its latest bid to plug the worst oil spill in U.S. history still hadn't worked and outside experts suggested any progress was incremental at best. BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters in Grand Isle, Louisiana, that the effort known as a "top kill" has not stopped the flow of oil, and that he doesn't know if the risky maneuver will succeed. He said the company was already preparing its next option to cap the well.

A live feed of the leak showed preparations Saturday morning for BP's next step. An underwater robot gripped a saw near the bent and leaking pipe atop a failed blowout preventer, where BP aims to slice off the pipe and place a cap and seal over the opening.

That operation is known as the lower marine riser package cap, and Suttles confirmed that BP had been preparing for that step "all along." "If we have to go to it, we can do it as quickly as possible," he said. BP has said previously the company was "planning in parallel," or getting ready for other options while working on the top kill — the injection of heavy fluid and materials to plug the well.

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1 posted on 05/29/2010 12:57:00 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Yesterday’s photo op is in the can! It’s Miller Time!


2 posted on 05/29/2010 12:58:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (SB. 1070 - Arizona's way of finding out whose side Barry Zero is really on.)
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To: Steelfish

Live cam. Looks like BP has given up for now.

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/homepage/STAGING/local_assets/bp_homepage/html/rov_stream.html


3 posted on 05/29/2010 12:59:57 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish

When Obama said “I’m responsible”, he really meant that “I’m going to play golf and I’ll come back to take credit when its fixed.”


4 posted on 05/29/2010 1:00:18 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Think globally, act locally--beat up your neighborhood hippie communist.)
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To: Steelfish

Obama doesn’t care because either way he wins. If nothing improves US gas prices are going to increase. Businesses will suffer. It helps him tank the economy faster and cost us more just to run everyday errands and go to work. If it improves he’s out there talking about how’s he’s in charge and directing them to fix it. Press will bend over whatever way they need to.


5 posted on 05/29/2010 1:01:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Steelfish

They should quit foolin’ around, and pump in the Silly Putty!


6 posted on 05/29/2010 1:02:24 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Steelfish

save for later


7 posted on 05/29/2010 1:04:54 PM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: jimbo123

Remember obama said the govt was telling BP every move to make. So he is in charge.

Did you see Landrieu’s face yesterday? She looked like a basset hound. Very quiet, too, unlike her grandstanding against Pres Bush after Katrina. But why the silence from Vitter?


8 posted on 05/29/2010 1:05:24 PM PDT by silverleaf
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To: Steelfish

It’s going to take many years for the reality of this to come out.


9 posted on 05/29/2010 1:08:15 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Steelfish

But has Obama given permission to BP for attempting the LMRP action?


10 posted on 05/29/2010 1:08:36 PM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO - and all your terrorist buddies, too!)
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To: Steelfish
On vacation? Obama has been on vacation since Nov 5, 2008. His entire Presidency is one big vacation.

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DAY 40


11 posted on 05/29/2010 1:09:44 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Hoodat

It’s easy to say “I will not rest until -—”, when your well rested.


12 posted on 05/29/2010 1:11:59 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Steelfish

Obama holds a position that he is totally unqualified for.

I just wish he’d stop proving it.


13 posted on 05/29/2010 1:12:30 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Steelfish

Toyota is the one place where people are celebrating this oil well disaster

it has certainly taken them out of the news cycle


14 posted on 05/29/2010 1:13:46 PM PDT by kralcmot (my tagline died with Terri)
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To: Hoodat
...40, 41, 42, 43,.......

Meanwhile, how low do you think gas would be if it all was in the refinery stream instead of "our" gulf?

15 posted on 05/29/2010 1:13:50 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Hoodat

On vacation? Obama has been on vacation since Nov 5, 2008. His entire Presidency is one big vacation.
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And a campaign trail.


16 posted on 05/29/2010 1:14:36 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: AU72

And what is the dimension of the damage? How long is it going to plague us in loss of marine life and food that comes from the gulf? How many miles of coastline, how many fisherman’s livelihoods? The total cost is going to be f’ huge.

Now, how about spending some stimulus to clean up the issue?


17 posted on 05/29/2010 1:17:30 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Steelfish

CNN and MSNBC don’t wanna talk about it anymore....


18 posted on 05/29/2010 1:20:58 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Steelfish

This is a nightmare. What if they CAN’T stop it? How much oil can spew out of that hole?


19 posted on 05/29/2010 1:22:34 PM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: Steelfish
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20 posted on 05/29/2010 1:23:52 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Secret Agent Man
Obama doesn’t care because either way he wins.

That's really sad - a lose lose for the US is a win win for Obama! I wish Joe Q public would come around to what a menace this Pres. is!
21 posted on 05/29/2010 1:23:54 PM PDT by RushingWater
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To: Steelfish

Last night on C-Span I saw members of the Coast Guard and some politicians interrogating an engineer from BP. It was embarrassing because the examiners only exposed their total ignorance of the high technology and the dynamics involved in deep sea drilling. I mention this not to exculpate BP from any blame they might have but simply to point out that the interrogators were so without any specialized expertise that they couldn’t even frame intelligent questions. And obviously what the engineer told them was completely beyond their capacity to understand. IMHO, what we need to have is a group of experts with the technological knowledge to objectively find out what really happened so we learn to prevent such a catastrophe in the future - not a bunch of grandstanding people and politicians who don’t know what they’re talking about.


22 posted on 05/29/2010 1:32:28 PM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: Steelfish

So he truly feels that because it’s BP’s fault, he doesn’t have to get the military involved? There would seem to many people in the world who might have dealt with this before who could have helped. Regardless if it’s BP’s fault, his ‘studying the situation’ as opposed to action is forcing the rest of us to pay the price.


23 posted on 05/29/2010 1:33:19 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Steelfish

It’s too bad MMS gave Deepwater Horizon all that praise, and especially all those waivers right before the explosion. I bet right about now they are trying to destroy the records, the shredders are buzzing, like busy little bees.

The ones who were supposed to save us with their gigantic lumbering, porn watching, bureaucracy has failed us all again. The 1990 OPA which was designed to “never let this happen again” has failed us once more, and it has happened again. When will we learn.

Just like Katrina and the dikes, just like with Fannie and Freddie and the federal cash gusher for loans that could never be repaid, the saviors have sunk the ship again. Tell me why we believe their siren song.

And now we find the safety regs that should have been enforced, were handed out as waivers for campaign cash. Well maybe we don’t know the last, yet, but give it time.

What suckers we are.


24 posted on 05/29/2010 1:36:09 PM PDT by Tarpon (Obama-Speak ... the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. It's not a gift, it's just lies.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Time to hit those golf links.


25 posted on 05/29/2010 1:36:15 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: Steelfish
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26 posted on 05/29/2010 1:43:13 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Steelfish
[Obama On Vacation]

One of these days, we'll probably hear that he's fled and is living in Saudi Arabia...

27 posted on 05/29/2010 1:53:56 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Steelfish
Obama; BP; oil spill; politics; satire
28 posted on 05/29/2010 1:58:01 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: silverleaf

“But why the silence from Vitter?”

Because Vitter is a milksop.


29 posted on 05/29/2010 2:01:19 PM PDT by UnChained ( I am sending you out as sheep among wolves; so be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves)
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To: himno hero

Just the loss of tourism this summer season alone all along the gulf coast will be tremendous. That will prevent a lot of folks who are barely hanging on to fold come winter.


30 posted on 05/29/2010 2:19:59 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

They should quit foolin’ around, and pump in the Silly Putty!
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Nah, they need to send ten thousand rail cars to DC to haul back one day’s worth of the BS coming from this “administration” and that would plug every oil leak on the planet.


31 posted on 05/29/2010 2:33:04 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: Steelfish

Yesterday, th’ bama took ownership of this disaster “from day one”, obviously thinking the plug would work. Now he’s got to live with his big mouth, although we can expect the MSM to go into hyperdrive on damage control, mainly finger pointing.


32 posted on 05/29/2010 2:34:15 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Steelfish

hope nobama brought his fiddle to Chicago.


33 posted on 05/29/2010 2:50:49 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: T.L.Sink

The only panel that would make sense, was a peer panel from the other offshore companies. I have to admit, that even though I have been in the business for 35 years, I have only had about 5 years in the offshore, and that was a long time ago. I certainly could outdo a bunch of stupid congressmen, but I am no match for the current engineers in the gulf. Therefore, a Peer Panel Inquiry from qualified offshore operators would be very helpful. My experience has been that even though people in our industry are competitors, that they go above and beyond to help.


34 posted on 05/29/2010 2:57:53 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: Steelfish

Time for King Baraq to put his boot back on BP’s neck.


35 posted on 05/29/2010 3:05:38 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Republicans should campaign like Rush Limbaugh. A lot more of them would get elected.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Obama is pulling a Stalin. Geographic holocaust with BP doing the dirty work. Obama must kill the economies of the Gulf Coast red states.


36 posted on 05/29/2010 3:14:48 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Early on I heard some discussion about retrofitting a new BOP (blow-out preventer) on to the existing BOP. It seems that maybe the only real solution. Unfortunately it would require cutting off the damaged riser, and allowing maximum flow from the stub until the new BOP could be placed on top of the failed BOP.

The other solution which is on going, is to do directional drilling and intercept the current well head far beneath the sea floor. BP currently has two drill rigs doing precisely that. They started those drilling operations within a few days of the original accident. Unfortunately it would take 2 or 3 months to complete that drilling.


37 posted on 05/29/2010 3:17:42 PM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: Steelfish

The Gulf died while Bammy Golfed!!


38 posted on 05/29/2010 3:58:22 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: Huck
This is a nightmare. What if they CAN’T stop it? How much oil can spew out of that hole?

BP thinks this well will produce 100 million barrels.

And then they start thinking about pumping in seawater ...

39 posted on 05/29/2010 5:16:07 PM PDT by dread78645 (Evolution. A doomed theory since 1859.)
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To: Huck
What if they CAN’T stop it?

They can stop it. It will be stopped. They have two more plans in progress that they are very confident of being successful. Number 1 backup plan is the relief wells. They are down to more than 8000 feet below the ocean bottom as we post.

40 posted on 05/29/2010 5:19:22 PM PDT by GreenStreak
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